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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) have outlined a set of basic standards for dementia patients.
As part of the guide, dementia patients should expect to;
- Discuss concerns with someone with knowledge and expertise.
- Be involved in making choices and decisions about their care and support.
- Take part in a review of their needs and preferences when their circumstances change.
- Choose to take part in leisure activities which match their interests.
- Continue to meet their friends and family and make new relationships.
- Have routine check-ups of their physical and mental health and see healthcare professionals when they have concerns.
- Live in housing that is adapted to help them maintain their independence.
- Be involved in and influence the design, planning, evaluation and delivery of services.
- Have help from independent advocacy servicesto present their views.
- Continue to be involved in and contribute to their community.
- The term 'dementia' describes several symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communicating.
- Dementia occurs when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and damage caused by a series of small strokes.
- Dementia is progressive and the symptoms gradually get worse. The progression depends on the individual person and what type of dementia they have.
- Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK and it mainly affects people over the age of 65.
- However, it can affect younger people as there are over 17,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia.
Some dementia sufferers are not getting basic levels of care, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) have said.
Launching a set of basic standards that patients should expect from their care, health officials have said that care for dementia sufferers is "patchy".
Dementia sufferers should live in housing which meets their needs, they should be able to participate in leisure activities and should be able to maintain their involvement with their local communities, according to the new Nice guidance.
The guidance, the first under Nice's new social care remit set out under the Health and Social Care Act which came into force on Monday, also says that carers and service providers should ensure that patients have access to routine physical and mental health check ups.